ERIC Number: ED212688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb-22
Reference Count: 0
Civil Rights Enforcement in the Reagan Administration: The First Year in Review.
Reynolds, William Bradford
In remarks before the Delaware Bar Association, United States Assistant Attorney General William Bradford Reynolds discusses the Reagan Administration's policies on civil rights. He first reviews past court decisions, which first continued to support racial discrimination and then sought to abolish it, and summarizes the eventual development of a consensus that such discrimination was intolerable. He then examines cases to demonstrate the Reagan Administration's enforcement record in the civil rights area. However, he points out two forms of relief that the Administration finds objectionable: (1) mandatory busing; and (2) racial quotas. Citing court precedent and research results, he suggests that busing has generated public protest and has not had positive effects on academic achievement or on attempted integration. Similarly, he notes that racial quotas and affirmative action in employment has had disappointing and negative results. He asserts that the Administration is not against desegregation, but will not deprive students of the benefits of attending schools in their own neighborhoods by insisting on a remedy that has proven ineffective; the Administration is not against affirmative action; however, it will not tolerate preferential selections that favor less qualified employees on the basis of their racial affiliation. (Author/MJL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Reagan Administration
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Delaware Bar Association (Wilmington, DE, February 22, 1982).